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Good morning Gina K. fans! Today is the second day of the Gina K. Designs blog hop, and the team is showcasing cards designed with TWO new stamp sets I designed- Baby Boy and Baby Girl. I designed these stamps because I realized I didn’t have any entirely baby theme stamp sets. One set is boy themed, and the other set is girl themed, but both stamp sets are fairly gender neutral and can be mixed and matched.
I am pretty busy these days with my baby (he’s already 9 1/2 months!), so I decided to make some quick cards with heat embossing and watercolor. These are some of my favorite cards to make, because the process of watercoloring them is so relaxing.
This little card duo was super simple to create. A little snip on the side of the heart and it nestles nicely on the side of the card base. Simple scoring at every quarter inch adds interest and dimension, preventing the heart from looking lost.
For these cards, I heat embossed the greetings on watercolor card stock with Gina K. Designs Champagne embossing powder. I forgot how difficult it is to heat emboss on watercolor paper, let alone the rough texture of the brand of paper I used. I would recommend using a cheaper watercolor card stock, like Canson XL. The texture is smoother than Arches. (Although the texture of the Arches paper is GORGEOUS with watercolor.)
This greeting is from my “Baby Girl” set, but it can be used for baby boys as well by simply changing up the colors!
One of my favorite pattern techniques to do with watercolor is this wavy stripe. It’s so exciting to see the colors do their thing. This greeting is so large that it covers the entire front with very little work to be done.
This is the same greeting in a little different style. A little scoring and a die cut popped up adds dimension and variety.
I literally just said that I would never make a shaker card. Yet, here is a shaker card. I LOVE this card. In real life, it is just so much fun. I didn’t have any acetate, but I did have this vellum that ended up working so well. I love the frosted look I got with it. I heat embossed the greeting with white and filled the card with confetti and jewels.
I feel like this card doesn’t match the rest because it is so dark, but I love the navy look with the ‘stars’. I used Payne’s Grey and Black watercolor to make this night sky look, and I splattered the card with Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White. The scattered iridescent jewels add such a fun sparkle to the card.
This chunky greeting is one of my favorites. I love the font and size variation. Also, this green is amazing.
This greeting is actually my favorite. When I designed it, I was worried that people wouldn’t understand what it means, but I loved it so much. I first saw this phrase at Barnes and Noble a couple years ago and fell in love with it. It’s referring to when you first have a baby and are in the ‘baby moon’ phase like newlyweds are in a honeymoon stage. Only the baby moon stage involves crying (from baby + mom), no sleep, and lots of diapers! Ha. I love it. Glad that stage is over. Bring on the toddler stage!
For this card, I paired the large tree stamp with the “little adventure” greeting. I love how the little images can be paired with the greetings to look almost like a store bought card. For the watercolor, I wet the entire piece of card stock and brushed paint in stripes, which let the paint bleed in a soft look.
Here are a few recent pictures of the inspiration for my baby stamp sets. ❤️
Thank you so much for stopping by! Keep hopping along the blog hop to see more inspiration with these sets! There are some absolutely beautiful cards.
Next up on the hop is Hannah with her brand new stamp set, Graceful Greenery. This new set is one of my absolute favorites that she’s created. It is absolutely stunning! Go check it out.
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Have a beautiful day!